Partnerships Specialist at UNOPS

The United Nations Office for Project Services_UNOPS_1

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.

  • Job Type Full Time
  • Qualification BA/BSc/HND , MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience 5 years
  • Location Abuja
  • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit  , Project Management 

About the positions: 

  • Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Multi-Country Director for the Ghana Multi-Country Office and in close coordination with the Regional Office for Africa and the HQ Partnerships Group, a Partnerships Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing the partnership and programme development plan for countries within the Multi-Country office. 
  • They may also be requested to support partnership building in other offices and countries handled by the Multi-Country Director.

Summary of functions:

They will be responsible for the following summary of Functions:

  • Partnership and programme development planning
  • Development and follow up of partnership opportunities
  • Representation, inter-agency collaboration and partnership development
  • Knowledge management and innovation

Partnership and programme development planning

  • Develop a comprehensive partnership and programme development plan in line with UNOPS Strategic Plan and Regional Strategies. This  includes country context, analysis of the regional and national development and humanitarian landscape, identification of main partners, strategic positioning of UNOPS in the potential operational niches identified, as well as grow a pipeline opportunities for all countries in scope of the UNOPS Multi-Country or Country Office or the HQ Partnership Group. The plan should reflect in-house capacity, typology of projects and the internal tools and knowledge resources. 
  • Examine risks and opportunities presented by the strategic positioning of the Multi Country / Country office and propose appropriate responses to ensure sustainable growth.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with relevant Partnerships personnel at local, liaison and HQ level, as well as Project Managers and project personnel of the country offices covered by the office, to ensure aligned and coherent interactions with partners.

Develop opportunities 

  • Monitor and evaluate humanitarian and development trends and needs to identify areas of collaboration within UNOPS mandate and existing capacity. 
  • Research events, publications and announcements, to track and screen opportunities for possible UNOPS interventions and identify trends that will drive partnership opportunities. 
  • Provide advice and feedback to UNOPS HQ and Regional Office for Africa on the development of framework partnership agreements that can increase opportunities at the regional level.
  • Contribute to the identification, design, formulation and negotiation of new projects and programs and draft concept notes and project document briefs for discussion with partners.
  • Create and maintain oneUNOPS opportunities and engagement functionalities in alignment with UNOPS corporate guidelines. 
  • Coordinate technical and financial requirements, and negotiate proposals to close new project opportunities.
  • Drafts agreements and/or contractual documents required for the signature and implementation of new projects.
  • Understand and clearly explain UNOPS pricing policy to partners.
  • Contribute to the portfolio diversification of the Nigeria country programme and the overall Multi Country Office in line with UNOPS strategic and Regional objectives. 
  • In coordination with the Communications and Reporting personnel, when available, gather content for communications and outreach materials for any countries managed within the scope of the UNOPS office or by the Partnerships Group.

Representation and inter-agency partnership

  • Establish and further develop partnerships with UN agencies, international organisations, governments, foundations, international NGOs and private sector organisations to diversify project opportunities within the Multi Country Office.
  • Undertake advocacy, public information and communication activities in collaboration with the Communications Officer, when required.
  • On behalf of the Multi Country Office Director and/or Head of Programme, participate in and report on the relevant inter-agency, donor and government coordination meetings including addressing project development issues in consultation with UNOPS project managers and technical experts when required. Take part in UN common planning and programming processes, including strategic country analysis, UNSDCF, response plans, etc.
  • Build a network of key partners, keeping abreast of evolving trends (social, economic, and political), including the application of innovation to project and partnership development.

Knowledge management and innovation 

  • Implement standards, tools and templates provided by HQ to effectively manage partnership and project development within the team to enhance/maintain UNOPS effectiveness as a provider of project services for sustainable results.
  • Contribute to the ongoing research, development and implementation of best practice and innovative approaches to maximise performance and sustain achievements in project and partnership development. 
  • Help build partnerships capacity and negotiation skills among project managers. 
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building within project and partnership development. 
  • Provide regular feedback on existing systems, tools and resources to ensure its relevance to day-to-day operations.

Impact of Results:

  • The effective and successful achievement of results by the Partnerships Specialists impacts on the performance of the Multi Country Office by maintaining a robust and diverse pipeline of project opportunities, which leads to sustainable growth of the UNOPS’ presence and strengthens the achievements of UNOPS management results and the fulfilment of its mandate.


  • A Master’s Degree (Advanced University Degree or Higher) in a relevant field such as Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, Engineering, Political Science, Communications,  International Relations or other relevant discipline  is required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (First Level University Degree) in a relevant field such as Business Administration, Public Administration, International Development, Engineering, Political Science, Communications, International Relations or any other relevant discipline  with a combination of an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.

Work Experience 

  • At least 5 years of experience is required in an international development context including demonstrated experience in:
    • Developing and executing partnership and programme development plans;
    • Project development and proposal writing; ability to prepare proposal documents to development partners according to defined guidelines and based on factual information;
    • Experience securing new projects;  
  • Project and programme management experience is an asset.
  • Establishing partnerships with UN agencies, international development organisations, governments, foundations, international NGOs or private sector organisations is highly desirable.
  • Prior experience working in international organisations, international development, post-disaster and/or emergency contexts would also be an advantage.
  • Experience in the use of google software packages (Google Doc, Sheets and Slides) and experience in handling web-based management systems is an added advantage.

Language Requirement

  • Full working knowledge of English and French is required.

Method of Application